Jun 25, 2013 KV Kiva HQ
By Camille Ricketts
Your loans can change these students' lives forever


Instead of a defined payback period > link to post-college income like US college loans for low-income students > can pay back in variable time period to avoid crushing student loan debt

All of your loan candidates are male. Would like to help a female candidate

Yes, I want to help a young woman!

Yes, currently all loans are for male candidates. If you have a look at the funded loans you will see 46 female compared to 64 male candidates; which I think is a good rate.

Second that (about the female students).

I agree with the previous comment. Where are the women who need help with loans for higher education?

YES! Where are the women who need loans for college?

You will find female students enough if you look regularly. They get funded more easily. I am proud to have lent to Lilian, and last week to two more students. Those who want to make shorter loans to students may look also for students proposed by vittana on the kiva site. Vittana is an other microfinance organisation. Loans on that site are shorter and are mostly meant to pay the tuition fee for one year, or to pay for the paperwork needed to get a graduation paper or a professional license. Students are from the whole world there, not only Kenya. If you do not find them on Kiva.org you might go and look directly on the site of vittana.org regards, Paula, happy to contribute in a small way to the well being of others and glad to offer the opportunity to study the same as I had

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Camille brings her passion for storytelling to Kiva, where she helps create and curate online content. A longtime journalist, she started her career reporting on arts and culture for the Wall Street Journal in London and New York. In 2008, she joined San Francisco-based blog VentureBeat, writing about  green technology, policy and finance. Most recently, she worked in public relations for electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors. Outside of work, Camille volunteers as a web designer for maternal health nonprofit Saving Mothers. She holds a B.A. in women's history from Stanford University, where she also served as editor in chief of The Stanford Daily.

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